South Carolina Basketball: 3 thumbs up, 3 thumbs down from Gamecock win over Vanderbilt

South Carolina basketball knocked off the Vanderbilt Commodores to move to 21-3 (9-2) and retain their share of 1st place in the SEC.

South Carolina basketball freshman Collin Murray-Boyles dunking against Vanderbilt
South Carolina basketball freshman Collin Murray-Boyles dunking against Vanderbilt / Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
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According to national college basketball pundit Jon Rothstein, "The dream season continues" for South Carolina basketball. Gamecock fans, though, may want to argue with Mr. Rothstein a bit because there is nothing dreamlike about Lamont Paris' squad. No, the Gamecocks are really good this season, and playing against them is more akin to a nightmare.

The trend continued on Saturday as USC won their seventh straight game to move to 21-3 (9-2 in SEC play). Their latest victim, the Vanderbilt Commodores, made a lot of difficult shots in the 1st half and actually held a 4-point lead heading into the halftime intermission.

The 2nd half was a different story, however, as Collin Murray-Boyles and BJ Mack led the way for a 19-point advantage after play resumed. The freshman Murray-Boyles was dominant, scoring 31 points on 14-17 shooting, pulling down 7 rebounds (including 6 on offense!), and having the second-biggest block of the season (behind another one of his rejections that came at the end of the Ole Miss win). Mack made 5 3-pointers, shooting 5-9 from outside.

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